Four questions to Markus Walcher (rookie, car N°386)
How was your first Dakar compared with the Carta Rally and the other events you had done previously?
“Much harder. The Carta Rally is always a mix of competition and holidays. Here, it‘s just a tough race, with long stages, hard navigation and difficult terrain. The dunes here in South America are much more difficult and unpredictable. They turn out to be soft when you think they are going to be hard, and vice-versa.”
There was a high number accidents and technical problems over the first six days. It seems this year’s Dakar is particularly challenging. How did you get up to 39th place so easily?
“I wouldn’t say it was so easy . It was a hard fight for us. But we took our time to find the best approach, not give way to stress and drive consistently.”
Is the Bowler Wildcat still a good car for the Dakar?
Yes, it is! Our mechanical issues were certainly due to the altitude. We don’t really know what happened yet but we will fix the problem as soon as we get back to Germany.”
Will you be back next year?
Sure, we will do the Dakar again! We just don’t know if that will be next year.”